Mon, 14th, Oct 2019


Barbados Tridents shattered Guyana Amazon Warriors’ 11-game winning streak to lift their second CPL title thanks to inspiring performances from Jonathan Carter and Raymon Reifer.

 Tridents were not in a good position when Carter came out to bat. They had lost six wickets by the 15th over, with just 92 on the board. From there on, Carter scored a 27-ball 50, 40 runs of which came just in boundaries. His late onslaught helped the Tridents reach a par score of 171.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, the Tridents had a decent start. Hales got things going in the second over, hitting the left-arm spinner Chandrapaul Hemraj for two consecutive boundaries. Hales got over one more six in the fourth over, this time he hit Imran Tahir down the ground past the long-on fielder. But the Englishman could not convert his start as he was dismissed in the sixth over for 28 leaving the Tridents at 44/1 at the end of the Powerplay.

Philip Salt, JP Duminy’s replacement in the Tridents squad, walked in at number three. He was unlucky to be given out caught behind for a third-ball duck. The English-cricketer attempted to pull a slower one from Ben Laughlin, the ball grazed his elbow but he was given out caught behind.

Johnson Charles tried to push the run-rate, he got three boundaries of Romario Shepherd’s over. With the second boundary, Charles went past 400 runs for the season, the opener is the third batsman in CPL 2019 and the only Tridents batsman to get past the mark.

In the next over, Charles got hold of Chris Green, he smashed him for two boundaries, including a six over mid-wicket. Chris Green conceded 12 runs in 16 balls he bowled to Tridents batsmen other than Charles. But the opener Charles smashed 19 off just eight deliveries against him.

When Tahir came out to bowl in the next over though, Charles was out first ball attempting to sweep. From there on the Tridents seemed to lose their way. Shai Hope and Shakib tried to consolidate, but in the 12th over Hope was out caught at short mid-wicket. Then came a double mix up, two run outs that led to the wickets of Shakib and Holder.

Carter came in to bat when Tridents were reeling at 90/5 and scored his second half century in the CPL in just 27 balls. His 63-run partnership with Ashley Nurse rocketed the Tridents to a score of 171/6. Once again the Tridents lower order fired, adding 62 runs in the last five overs.

The Warriors looked confident, opener Brandon King started the scoring with consecutive boundaries. But the Tridents yet again picked early wickets in the Powerplay, as they have done all through the season. Their tally of 21 wickets in the first six overs is the second most for any team this season, they have not picked wickets in all but two of their 13 matches this year.

What was interesting though on this occasion was to see left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer bowl in the Powerplay. This was just the second instance of him bowling in the first six overs this season, the last time was in the away game against Guyana.

Though he didn’t pick a wicket in that game, he picked two big wickets in the final. First he got Chandrapaul Hemraj caught at short third man. Next, he got the all-important wicket of Shimron Hetymer with a well-timed short ball. Hetmyer attempted the pull, but could only lob it to Hales who sprinted backwards to take a good catch at mid-on. Now, the onus was on the league’s top scorer, Brandon King, but he was running short of partners.

Hayden Walsh Jr. was introduced into the attack, and immediately dismissed GAW captain Malik for the second time this season. The leg-spinner bowled a short one which Malik pulled towards mid-wicket. Reifer, at the boundary, took a brilliant jumping catch and managed to keep his feet inside the rope.

King and Pooran then took the score to 75/3 at the end of 10 overs. King 44(33), tried to up the run rate but was stumped in the 11th over when he charged at a delivery from Nurse. Guyana still needed 93 from the next 54 balls.

Captain Holder made Guyana work for their runs at this point, the Tridents did not concede even a single boundary between overs 11 and 14. Unable to take the pressure, Pooran in the 15th over, tried to hit Nurse for a six, but could not clear Alex Hales at long-on.

 In the next over, Gurney dismissed Rutherford, this time with a slow delivery full on the off, that went straight to Holder’s hands at long-off. From then on, it was all too steep for the Warriors, who collapsed for 144/9. Raymon picked two of the last three and Gurney the other as the former finished with 4 for 24.

The Tridents secured the second title in their third attempt. This was the Trident’s first Final in four years and they made sure it returned home.

Brief Scores: Barbados Tridents 171/6 in 20 overs (Johnson Charles 39(22), Jonathan Carter 50(27), Imran Tahir 1/24) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors (Brandon King 43 (33), Keemo Paul 25 (14), Raymon Reifer 4/24, Ashley Nurse 2/17) by 27 runs

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